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Great Fast Meditation - 1st Sunday of Lent

Published: March 1, 2017

METROPOLITAN STEFAN’S GREAT FAST MEDITATION FOR THE
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
 




The Great Fast is a gift to you and to me, offering us an opportunity to examine the way we follow Jesus Christ in our day-to-day life.  A meaningful journey through Lent ought to unsettle our comfort zones.  One of these comfort zones might be an attitude which can overtake us all, that of living in a manner which reflects an attitude of entitlement.  Recall how Jesus was tempted three times by the devil.  In the first temptation, Jesus was asked to turn the stones into loaves of bread.  Jesus replied, “Man does not live by bread alone”.  In the second temptation, Jesus was asked to worship the devil. Jesus answered, “You must worship the Lord your God, and serve Him alone”.  In the third temptation, Jesus was told to throw himself off the top of the synagogue so that God would send his angels to save him.  Jesus answered, “You must not put the Lord your God to the test”.

Three times Jesus was tempted to make himself equal to God.  Three times he rejected the temptation and chose God’s way of doing things, God’s will for him.  And what about us?  When we choose to live as if more is better, and that luxuries are really necessities, which are we choosing, God or ourselves? We can also believe that with power and resources, we can accomplish much more.  Who are we choosing, God or ourselves, when we get what we want in less than desirable ways as long as we have a good purpose in the getting?  Do we count on our prayers to God to make everything right after having ourselves contributed to the development of difficult situations, perhaps by choosing to ignore our own or others’ needs?  Let’s remember Jesus’ answer, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”.

Great Fast is a gift to continually ask ourselves, “God or ourselves?”

 

 
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Assumption, Centralia, PA

Assumption, Perth Amboy, NJ

Holy Ghost, West Easton, PA

Holy Trinity, Silver Spring, MD

Immaculate Conception, Hillside, NJ

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Ascension Manor Apartments

911 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ascension Manor is a non-profit senior citizen apartment complex for people 62 and older.  It is located one block away from the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.  It is under the direction of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.  For more information on Ascension Manor or for an application, please call 215-922-1116 or visit the website link below. 



Telephone: 215-922-1116
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Our Lady of Sorrows Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
 

2618 - 2637 Village Road, Langhorne, PA 19047

Conveniently located in Langhorne, PA, near the intersection of Rt. 1 and Rt. I-95.  We are just minutes from center city Philadelphia, Bristol, and Trenton.  Our plots are reasonably priced, with pre laid foundations included in the purchase price of the plot.  Contact the cemetery office for additional information.

Telephone: 215-627-0143
E-mail: ukrcathcem@ukrcap.org


Treasury of Faith Museum 

810 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(1st and 2nd levels)

 

The museum was founded in 2002 and was established to manifest and preserve the Catholic faith, courage, and determination of our ancestors.  It reflects the roots and history of our Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States of America.  The museum houses artifacts from parishes within the Philadelphia Archeparchy.  Contact the Treasury of Faith Museum for more information and tours.

Telephone: 215-627-3389

E-mail: tofmuseum@ukrcap.org
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Byzantine Church Supplies Store 

810 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (lower level)

 

In the store, you will find books, icons, crosses, Christian Incense, church supplies, various linens, priest's vestments, and more!

Business Hours:
M-F 9:30am-4:00pm

Telephone: 215-627-0660

E-mail: byzsupplies@yahoo.com
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827 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia, PA 19123



Telephone: 215-627-0143
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